What we learned about VR and AR at Google I/O 2017

Google's education app Expeditions is getting a new AR mode

After Google's announcement, Verizon released an official statement stating that the ZenFone AR would be a Verizon-exclusive handset and that it would be both Tango-enabled and DayDream-ready upon release.

Unfortunately, there still aren't any details available about the ZenFone AR's cost, though Asus did confirm that it was looking at a summer launch for the phone in the US.

During the second day of Google I/O, a big focus is on augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), markets that Google wants to capitalize on. With Tango, the ZenFone AR receives area learning, depth perception, and motion tracking. Through these capabilities, the ZenFone AR can detect how far it is away from a floor, wall or an object and understand where it is moving in three-dimensional space. To date, there are over 100 Tango compatible apps on Google Play.

While the large Super AMOLED Gorilla Glass 4 display has a solid resolution, the ZenFone AR has other impressive specs too, such as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 CPU and an Adreno 530 GPU.




At yesterday's main Google I/O 2017 keynote, Google talked about some of its plans for VR and AR, including word of "Visual position service" technology and more.

Tango AR and Daydream VR are still pretty niche when it comes to consumer awareness, especially the former. In fact, the phone is also said to feature a 5-magnet speaker with Hi-Res Audio and DTS Headphone:X technology along with DTS HD Premium sound.

Photographic Maestro: TheZenFone AR is also an accomplished camera smartphone. According to the Phandroid report, while there is very little that we currently now about the Zenfone AR - there is good chance that it will come powered a powerful Snapdragon 82X chip - unlike the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro that came with a less-spectacular Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC.

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